Patti Ghezzi with has recently written Tips for Raising a Reader. The article covers tips for pre-readers through tweens, including the tip for early elementary students “Make your child an author. Have your child dictate a story to you, and ask him to illustrate his story. Then have him read his story several times.” Reading is an essential skill, but storytelling is an art form in itself, with it’s own set of challenges. Julie DeNeen has written 30 Storytelling Tips For Educators: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention.

We have gathered a few digital tools for anyone become a storyteller.

The Zimmer Twins is a site devoted to kids and creative storytelling. Since 2005, the Zimmer Twins has invited children to create and share their own animated stories. Membership to the site is free. The ‘Kids & Familes’ option allows users to create and watch movies which have a Nickelodeon feel. The ‘Educators & Schools’ option bundles the fun moviemaker with class management tools. features a drag and drop graphic novel interface. The site can be used for free, or you can join if you want to save created comics. Available graphics and effects are very vivid and probably best for use with older children.

Younger children can work with an adult using the Picture Book Maker tool on

to create a flip book with the most wonderful and child friendly animal illustrated characters.


ZooBurst is a digital storytelling tool that lets anyone easily create his or her own 3D pop-up books. Using ZooBurst, storytellers of any age can create their own rich worlds in which their stories can come to life. The created books ‘live’ online and can be experienced on a desktop or laptop computer, or on an iPad via the free ZooBurst mobile app. Authors can arrange characters and props within a 3D world that can be customized using uploaded artwork or items found in a built-in database of over 10,000 free images and material. The basic version is free and has many features, and there are individual and school licenses available with ‘classroom-friendly’ tool

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